Theranos创始人伊丽莎白·霍姆斯试图驳回刑事指控

2020-10-14 08:12

Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Loses Bid to Dismiss Criminal Charges MwP世界播

Theranos创始人伊丽莎白·霍姆斯试图驳回刑事指控MwP世界播


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Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes, in 2019. MwP世界播

Theranos Inc.。创始人伊丽莎白·霍姆斯(Elizabeth Holmes),2019年MwP世界播


A federal judge in California on Tuesday denied bids by Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes and former top executive Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani to dismiss the criminal charges they face in connection with the disgraced blood-testing startup. MwP世界播

周二,加利福尼亚州的一名联邦法官拒绝了Theranos Inc.的竞标。创始人伊丽莎白·霍姆斯(Elizabeth Holmes)和前高管拉梅什·“桑尼”·巴尔瓦尼(Ramesh“Sunny”Balwani)驳回了他们因与这家声名狼藉的血液测试初创公司有关而面临的刑事指控。MwP世界播


Ms. Holmes, 36 years old, is set to go to trial March 9 on charges she and Mr. Balwani defrauded investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars and deceived patients by lying about the reliability of Theranos blood tests. Mr. Balwani will face trial separately at a later date. MwP世界播

现年36岁的霍姆斯将于3月9日出庭受审,罪名是她和巴尔瓦尼在Theranos血液测试的可靠性上撒谎,骗取投资者数亿美元,并欺骗患者。巴尔瓦尼稍后将单独受审。MwP世界播


Both have pleaded not guilty to two counts of wire-fraud conspiracy and 10 counts of wire fraud. If convicted, they could face up to 20 years in prison. MwP世界播

两人都对两项电信欺诈共谋和10项电信欺诈指控提出无罪抗辩。如果罪名成立,他们可能面临最高20年的监禁。MwP世界播


Lawyers for Ms. Holmes didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A lawyer for Mr. Balwani declined to comment. MwP世界播

霍姆斯的律师没有立即回复记者的置评请求。巴尔瓦尼的律师拒绝置评。MwP世界播


Ms. Holmes and Mr. Balwani were charged in June 2018 by federal prosecutors in the Northern District of California. The indictments followed a yearslong investigation that grew out of articles in The Wall Street Journal that revealed failings in Theranos’s technology and business practices. MwP世界播

霍姆斯和巴尔瓦尼于2018年6月被加利福尼亚州北区的联邦检察官起诉。在起诉之前,对Theranos进行了长达一年的调查,调查源于“华尔街日报”的文章,揭露了Theranos在技术和商业实践方面的缺陷。MwP世界播


When they announced the charges, prosecutors in San Francisco alleged that Ms. Holmes and Mr. Balwani knew their finger-prick technology was flawed and unreliable and yet drew in reporters, investors, doctors and patients with false promises and solicitations. MwP世界播

在宣布指控时,旧金山的检察官声称,霍姆斯和巴尔瓦尼知道他们的指刺技术有缺陷和不可靠,但却用虚假的承诺和恳求吸引了记者、投资者、医生和患者。MwP世界播


The trial was first set for June 2019, then pushed to summer 2020. In April, after the coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to jury trials, Ms. Holmes’s trial was pushed back again. In July, the grand jury returned new indictments that expanded and clarified the alleged schemes, in part reflecting a decision earlier this year in which U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila said doctors couldn’t be considered victims of the alleged fraud. MwP世界播

审判最初定于2019年6月,然后推迟到2020年夏天。今年4月,在冠状病毒大流行导致陪审团审判停止后,霍姆斯的审判再次被推迟。今年7月,大陪审团发回了新的起诉书,扩大并澄清了涉嫌的阴谋,这在一定程度上反映了今年早些时候的一项裁决,当时美国地区法官爱德华·J·戴维拉(Edward J.Davila)说,医生不能被视为涉嫌欺诈的受害者。MwP世界播


Lawyers for Ms. Holmes and Mr. Ballwani had sought to have the charges dismissed on the grounds that prosecutors had taken too long to file the new indictments and that some of the alleged misconduct was too old. The defense also argued that the indictments didn’t provide enough explanation of the charges. MwP世界播

霍姆斯和巴尔瓦尼的律师曾试图驳回指控,理由是检察官提交新的起诉书花了太长时间,而且一些被指控的不当行为过于陈旧。辩方还辩称,起诉书没有对指控提供足够的解释。MwP世界播


In a response filed last month, prosecutors said the allegations were clear from the initial charges, which they said “described the type of misrepresentations, half-truths and omissions made to investors to perpetuate the fraud.” MwP世界播

在上个月提交的一份回应中,检察官表示,从最初的指控中可以清楚地看到这些指控,他们说,最初的指控“描述了为延续欺诈行为而向投资者做出的失实陈述、半真半假和遗漏的类型。”MwP世界播


Judge Davila, in his order Tuesday, said the new indictments had clarified issues with the previous charges. He also noted that the pandemic had delayed grand jury proceedings, and moreover “continues to pose a significant hurdle to conducting a jury trial—especially for a case of this complexity.” Ms. Holmes’ trial, he said, was expected to last three months. MwP世界播

法官达维拉在周二的命令中说,新的起诉书澄清了之前指控的问题。他还指出,大流行延误了大陪审团的诉讼程序,而且“继续对进行陪审团审判构成重大障碍-特别是对于这种复杂的案件”。他说,霍姆斯的审判预计将持续三个月。MwP世界播

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